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Comment: FA's decision to charge Niasse makes an uncomfortable rod for their own backs

Lyndon Lloyd
21/11/2017

It almost seems as though the Football Association has gone out of its way to make life as difficult for itself as possible with their decision to charge Oumar Niasse with “successful deception of a match official” in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace.

Opportunistic Niasse helps secure a crazy point

Michael Kenrick
18/11/2017

A crazy game with Niasse winning a dubious penalty and then scoring an easy gift after Everton twice went behind through naive defending.

Unsworth is Everton's bird in the hand... but for how long?

Lyndon Lloyd
15/11/2017

His Blue credentials made him the ideal interim coach but the limited options for Koeman's successor mean he could stay in charge for longer than expected...

Looking For James Roy, Part 1 – A Very Promising Lad

Pete Jones
13/11/2017

Pete Jones tells the story of Everton's James Roy, a promising left half from Edinburgh and how it parallels those of the war poets Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves and Wilfred Owen all of whom had Merseyside connections.

Jack Humphreys – Blue Dragon

Rob Sawyer
13/11/2017

The story of the Welsh centre-half who at one time was keeping Goodison great T.G. Jones out of the Everton team.

Tim Cahill and Moyes’s Modern Football Miracle

 
13/11/2017

An excerpt from Faith Of Our Families: Everton An Oral History 1878-2018, published by deCoubertin Books

Everton kickstart their heart amid rollercoaster contest against Watford

Lyndon Lloyd
06/11/2017

Where there is life there is hope and Everton put the defibrillator paddles to their season today with an impressive recovery from a seemingly impossible position to beat Watford in what eventually became an adrenaline-fuelled encounter at Goodison Park

Reality bites hard as Unsworth's audition turns sour

Lyndon Lloyd
30/10/2017

After the so-nearly response at Stamford Bridge, there was hope and encouragement. Following this 2-0 defeat at the King Power Stadium, Evertonians will be feeling mostly despair as the extent of the mess that their club finds itself in 10 games into the 2017-18 season is laid bare.

Green shoots cut to shreds by Vardy strike

Michael Kenrick
29/10/2017

Sliced apart by a slick move for a classic Vardy goal after a failed Everton free-kick, Unsworth's side had a mountain to climb.

Green shoots of revival despite cup defeat at Chelsea

Lyndon Lloyd
26/10/2017

A narrow loss at Stamford Bridge — or rather the performance that went with it — at least showed that the fight, the spirit, the organisation and the belief can be there to start putting wins on the board in the near future.

Taxi! Everton Ditch Koeman at the Right Time

Lyndon Lloyd
23/10/2017

An ideal appointment on paper, Ronald Koeman's tenure as Everton boss has come to an ignominious but needed end

Rooney stunner before Blues are destroyed

Michael Kenrick
22/10/2017

Wayne Rooney rolled back the years with a fantastic finish from distance to put Everton ahead early but Arsenal swept through with three goals as Gana was sent off

Everton plumb new depths after heavy Gunners defeat

Lyndon Lloyd
22/10/2017

Last term, this fixture marked a turning point, at least in Everton’s home form. The only turning point this season’s visit of Arsenal to L4 might spark, however, is an abrupt one in Koeman’s employment status… although there’s no guarantee that the Everton Board will be so decisive.

Rooney penalty papers over glaring cracks in Koeman's tenure

Lyndon Lloyd
16/10/2017

Everton under Koeman are simply dull. They’re boring to watch, easy to defend against and too easy to score against if you attack them enough within a given 90 minutes.

Rooney saves Everton with late spot-kick

Michael Kenrick
15/10/2017

A poor match came to life with Brighton scoring, Rooney saving Koeman's side with a fortuitous penalty

T.G. Jones at 100

Rob Sawyer
12/10/2017

12 October 2017 marks the centenary of the birth of Thomas George Ronald Jones in Queensferry, Flintshire. The tall, quiet son of a Connah’s Quay coal merchant would find his footballing feet at Wrexham F.C. but he would achieve immortality at Goodison Park.

Why Youth Could Be the Answer for Everton

Gary McCarty
10/10/2017

One thing Everton have seemed to lack over the course of the season so far is pace and energy. So, could youth be the answer during these troubled times?

A Love Affair

David Brown
08/10/2017

In recent years we have been stuck; our ‘love’ puts on some new makeup and we all shout with joy thinking that the glory years are just around the corner... only the corner never comes

A Proper Glutton for Punishment

Becky Tallentire
05/10/2017

The next installment of Real Footballers' Wives features Rosemary Hurst, wife of Everton's John

The Life and Times of Peter Meehan

Tony Onslow
04/10/2017

The life and times of Peter Meehan, yet another import from Scotland in Everton's early history

Everton's Greatest Games – Dixie's 60

 
03/10/2017

a chapter from Jim Koeghan's latest book, Everton's Greatest Games: The Toffees' Fifty Finest Matches which covers standout fixtures from a club history stuffed with great occasions and memorable encounters.

Nil Satis Nisi Optimum? Moshiri's own goal falls well short of Blues' motto

Lyndon Lloyd
02/10/2017

Four years ago, the club removed our cherished motto from the crest. They reinstated it following howls of protest from supporters but if Farhad’s latest “statement” is any indication, it never made it back into the mission statement of the Board of Directors

From My Seat: Burnley (H)

Ken Buckley
01/10/2017

After the debacle that was Thursday night, we licked our wounds and girded our loins and trouped back to the Grand Old Lady via the Room of Nonsense to sort out team and tactics before heading off to sample the real thing.

Koeman's Blues stuck in reverse as recruitment failings bite

Lyndon Lloyd
01/10/2017

This was Everton showing commitment, decent tempo and tenacity – in the early going, at least – and it still wasn’t enough. Not by a long way.

Abject naivety the final straw for pitiful Blues

Michael Kenrick
01/10/2017

Despite a bright attacking start, Burnley took the lead with an easy goal. Everton had no meaningful reply, with Koeman now under massive pressure.

Don’t let go of another Future Star – Everton should do more to keep Barkley

Gary McCarty
01/10/2017

Everton should be doing more to keep hold of Barkley, or at least put him to use this season.

Obstinate Koeman's reign reeks of a busted flush

Lyndon Lloyd
29/09/2017

To say we expected a hell of lot more this season is an understatement and it calls into question the likelihood of success for Ronald’s three-year Everton “project”.

Reborn Niasse eases the pressure on Koeman

Lyndon Lloyd
24/09/2017

The Senegalese striker helped bail Koeman out of another uncomfortable post-match inquest with a two-goal blast in the space of five minutes that turned this match on its head and delivered three points that seemed unlikely before he entered the fray 10 minutes into the second half

Niasse rescues Blues with fairy-tale brace

Michael Kenrick
23/09/2017

After going behind to a fine Josh King goal, supersub Oumar Niasse came on to score twice and underline his newfound cult status.

Better Blues collapse in the last 7 mins

Michael Kenrick
17/09/2017

Valencia scored a screamer after 4 minutes but Everton came close until they gave up three goals at the end after Rooney had gone off.

Woeful Blues make a mockery of top-six ambitions

Lyndon Lloyd
10/09/2017

The largely one-dimensional approach to recruitment this summer has led to Everton’s uninspiring start to the new season, one which has, over the past two games, lurched from concerning into the realm of deeply demoralising.

Meek surrender to silky Spurs

Michael Kenrick
09/09/2017

Everton’s showed some attacking intent but allowed Kane to score his first of the season before gifting a finish for Eriksen, and another for Kane after the break.

The Life of Smart Arridge – The Welshman from Sunderland

Rob Sawyer
08/09/2017

The wonderfully named Smart Atkinson Arridge was one of Everton’s first Welsh international players

They Were The Best Years of Our Lives

Becky Tallentire
05/09/2017

The latest installment of Real Footballers' Wives features Norma Vernon, wife of Everton goalscoring legend Roy.

Deadline Day Echo from Everton's Austere Past

Lyndon Lloyd
04/09/2017

Everton’s transfer deadline-day had an annoying sense of déjà vu last Thursday when the window closed without the club being able to land much-needed reinforcements.

Andrew Hannah

Tony Onslow
29/08/2017

By being the first man to captain both Everton Football Club and their local rivals Liverpool, Andrew Hannah holds a unique position in Merseyside folklore.

Dismal showing limits Chelsea to two easy goals

Michael Kenrick
27/08/2017

Everton tried to keep it tight, and gave up two goals in an abysmal first period.

Everton left chasing shadows in familiar Stamford Bridge defeat

Lyndon Lloyd
27/08/2017

With just six shots on target in the opening three games, the problems that were laid bare today can’t be explained away by mere fatigue alone, even if it was undoubtedly a factor for those who did play in all three matches in just six days. The same nagging deficiencies remain despite massive expenditure on upgrading the team.

Opposition View: Q&A with Chelsea HQ

ToffeeWeb 
26/08/2017

Ahead of Sunday's trip to Stamford Bridge, we spoke with Chelsea HQ to get their angle on a fixture that has provided plenty of drama in recent years but which Everton haven't won since 1994.

Everton FC injury data

ToffeeWeb 
26/08/2017

As with all Premier League clubs, injuries are an ongoing concern for Everton but there are no good resources that show the actual impact that injuries to certain players have on our season. We’ve teamed up with CL Legal, who have tracked all the injuries to Everton players over the past eight seasons which actually forced the player to miss games.

Calvert-Lewin comes of age but Everton are denied a stirring victory

Lyndon Lloyd
22/08/2017

It’s a shame that Dominic Calvert-Lewin's impressive assist for Wayne Rooney in the 35th-minute of this early-season tussle between Manchester and Merseyside at the Etihad didn’t end up serving up a precious winner.

Everton surrender two points to City ferocity

Michael Kenrick
21/08/2017

Wayne Rooney scores his 200th Premier League goal and celebrates in fine style at The Etihad, where City are down to 10 men.

The Long-Awaited 'No.10'?

Lyndon Lloyd
17/08/2017

Gylfi Sigurdsson's arrival doesn't necessarily mean an end to Evertonian longing for the No.10 slot to be filled but he potentially has the talent to operate as the all-important central position behind the striker(s).

Rooney leads the way in rare opening-day win

Lyndon Lloyd
13/08/2017

The Prodigal Son brought all his experience to bear against Stoke, scoring the winner and helping Everton dictate much of the second half to hold on for a 1-0 victory.

Fine Rooney goal elevates dour encounter

Michael Kenrick
12/08/2017

A dreadful half turned on its head with a lovely move, great cross and fine header from Wayne Rooney before the break.

Giant Leap Or Just Forward Steps?

Lyndon Lloyd
10/08/2017

With a newly reinforced spine, Everton look as though they could be a stronger outfit than last season, even without the departed Lukaku. Is it enough, however, to crack the top six or four?

'Jack O’ Both Sides' – The Life and Times of Jack Sharp (1878-1938)

Rob Sawyer
31/07/2017

Jack Sharp sits in exalted company as one of England’s few dual cricket and football internationals. To Evertonians he is much more than that – an iconic player, captain, FA Cup winner, club director and founder of Liverpool’s best known sports outfitters.

Diamonds aren’t forever: Koeman confirms Barkley will leave Everton “100%”

Chris Smith
27/07/2017

On the cusp of a major leap forward for Everton, Ross Barkley, the diamond of the club’s academy, has decided to jump ship. It’s a sad day for many Evertonians; an indifferent day for many others.

The Life and Times of John Cameron

Tony Onslow
06/07/2017

Another Scottish import to Goodison Park, the forward would go on to make FA Cup history.

The Case for Koeman, M'Lord

David Cooper
30/09/2017

I think Koeman is the "fall guy" for those who are pulling the strings – mostly Bill Kenwright but Farhad Moshiri cannot be exempt from blame.

The board have a big decision to make

Paul Traill
01/10/2017

The talk on everyone’s lips after the game of course was, should Ronald Koeman be sacked. It’s safe to say, most of the supporters seem to think so. Personally, I’m pretty neutral.

Poor Business = Poor Football

Mike Fisher
03/10/2017

Business is about confidence and we have none that I can see. To all concerned: please start living up to the high expectations of your loyal fans and stop the nonsense before it is too late.

One foot in the group stage

Paul Traill
18/08/2017

With four clean sheets in four games, it’s hard to complain. I’ll be interested to see where we stand in a month’s time.

Disjointed Blues like a flashback to the Smith era

Jon Sellick
06/10/2017

Add everything up and, under Koeman, it seems to total something nearing what my Grandad, who rarely wasted words, used to say during matches in the Smith era: a “load of shite”.

Koeman or Walsh, the confusion over who signs whom

Clive Rogers
08/10/2017

Does the director-of-football model cause more problems than it solves?

4-3-2-1? Just Say No!

David Hallwood
08/10/2017

Koeman comes across as a stubborn man, but surely he’s not stupid; he must change. It must change or the club will change him.

Trip to Croatia

Rob Halligan
25/08/2017

One fan's account of the visit to Split where Everton beat Hajduk in thew Europa League and the travelling fans largely avoided the trouble that was feared from local ultras

My disdain for Wayne on the wane

David Booth
07/07/2017

It is looking increasingly like a done deal, but I really do not want him back. Here are not one but 15 reasons why we should not even be considering his return.

In Defence of Koeman

Dave Cooney
28/08/2017

Koeman seems to be implementing a plan – focus on getting the defence sorted out first and then improve the attacking side of our game – but it takes time

What does Walsh do?

Paul Ferry
28/08/2017

What does Steve Walsh do, what has he done this window, what is he doing today, what was the Italian jaunt for?

For how long does this go on?

Paul Traill
20/10/2017

I’m not one for sacking managers quickly. I like to see managers given the opportunity to build a team. It hasn’t been our style and I want to believe it can work under Ronald Koeman. That said, the pressure is on, and failure to beat Arsenal, a Carabao Cup exit at Chelsea, and defeat at Leicester City would pretty much make his position untenable.

Squad Analysis: Are we ready?

Fran Mitchell
10/07/2017

Often we talk about what we need and first IXs, but football is a squad game nowadays, and hopefully this season will see us challenge for the top-4, while also making serious tilts to the 3 cup competitions. How is our squad prepared for this challenge?

Stick or Twist

Mike Fisher
20/10/2017

Is it really that simple to put this down to stick with Koeman or twist and find someone new? Interesting to read forums and see the mixed opinions of those who feel Koeman's time is done and those prepared to stick a little longer.

Assessing the squad and our options

Steve Ferns
06/09/2017

Now the transfer window has shut and the dust has settled, somewhat, it is time to focus on things as they are and look at the season ahead.

From My Seat: Tottenham Hotspur (H)

Ken Buckley
09/09/2017

Overall a very frustrating day. Time for manager and players to stand up and get themselves welded into a coherent team.

Evertonians just get everywhere

Paul Traill
24/07/2017

Luckily we didn't book our trip to the Netherlands for Everton's game-that-wasn't against Groningen and so, when the game against Genk was announced, Gaz and I were able to book some flights to Brussels Charleroi.

Mission Creep – From Top Six to Forty Points

Dave Wraggs
31/10/2017

It is often said that our off-field leadership leaves a lot to be desired, but now, more than ever, that leadership needs to show a level of decisiveness that has previously been conspicuous in its absence. This one’s yours, Farhad. Our future depends on it.

Trip to Atalanta

Rob Halligan
15/09/2017

Following on from my thread about our trip to Croatia, I thought I would give a report on our trip to Atalanta, not giving any opinion on the match itself as we all know what a crock of shit that was.

The Second Year of the Project

Steve Ferns
25/07/2017

Koeman’s project is not clearly defined. We assume it’s about winning something, but really it is just another way of saying we will pay him a lot of money to achieve a goal, and that goal appears to be Champions League football.

Can you remember who scored goals before Lukaku?

David Cooper
01/11/2017

I know my memory is fading fast, but I had to look up the results and stats of seasons before Lukaku started his journey to becoming a goal scoring power house.

Time for Koeman to follow De Boer out of the door?

David Booth
17/09/2017

This is no Kendall-esque evolution and it cannot be allowed to continue. Time for Ronald to shape up, or be shipped out.

Trip to Lyon

Rob Halligan
03/11/2017

So the trip to the third largest city in France panned out pretty much as we all expected it to.

The Clock is Ticking

Dave Wraggs
17/09/2017

Much of the criticism aimed at Ronald Koeman over the past few weeks has centred on his perceived negativity and intransigence in terms of sticking with the same slow possession-based football that fails to yield any real attacking threat and is a throwback to the Martinezesque style of a few seasons ago, but without the odd gung-ho attacking foray.

Sausage Party!

Paul Traill
06/11/2017

A splendid day out at the game. Them fun days only ever happen about once or twice a season so I was glad to make the most of it, even if I paid for it a bit in work today.

Cambridge University Nil Satis Federation

Dave Rusk
29/07/2017

The organization was formed on a train journey from Birmingham to Cambridge – after a football tournament. The name NSF was agreed – slight reference to NLF – National Liberation Front – from the Vietnam War. I don’t recall that we ever added the CU in our day. Meetings were then held in Trinity College bar and were surprisingly formal – minutes from the previous meeting, motions passed etc.

The Madness must End!

Jim Wilson
09/11/2017

Since Bill Kenwright took over, we have had nothing but at best a frustrating time. Every managerial appointment has been sub-standard and possibly worse each time. And I haven't forgotten our two or three skirmishes with relegation under Moyes and all the depressing Anfield defeats, other hammerings and abysmal cup exits.

The Everton Manager's Job Description

David Johson
10/11/2017

Although we can never really know what is discussed behind closed doors, it seems to me that the last three managerial appointments have all been a good fit for the job description as it stood at that moment in time.

Everton: Still a sell-to-buy club?

David Booth
02/08/2017

Despite the fact that we got a lot of our transfer business done amazingly early, any optimism that was generated is now dissipating and it looks as though we are in danger of leaving things too late... yet again.

From My Seat: Bournemouth (H)

Ken Buckley
23/09/2017

All in all a good day out. A win which was vital in terms of confidence. Niasse comes in from the cold. Will Big Ron apologise for his treatment of the lad? He should.

Niasse brace gets Koeman out of jail

Paul Traill
24/09/2017

Win we did. It still wasn't especially pretty up until the winning goal just five minutes later, but we persevered

Everton 2018-19

Alasdair Mackay
15/11/2017

It might all seem like we are in the midst of a stark winter, but one or two rose-buds are already showing, and spring is around the corner

Crisis of confidence

Paul Traill
19/11/2017

We just don't have the confidence currently. I believe the players are good enough but it'll take a bit longer yet until we get any sort of swagger back. Players just don't look for the ball enough. Too many hide and there's a real lack of responsibility on the field.

The day Wally signed for me

John McFarlane [Senior]
20/11/2017

A fan reminisces his childhood devotion to Wally Fielding who represented Everton for over a decade between 1946 and 1958

It was just so Everton

Paul Traill
29/09/2017

The Europa League campaign doesn’t have to be doom and gloom just yet but we are certainly doing it the hard way.

The Bard and the Blues

Kevin Crean
22/11/2017

Unsworth deserves his chance. Will he be the one to deliver us, in keeping with heroes in the great bard’s rousingly penned victories? Will he make sure, eventually, that all’s well that ends well?

Welcome home, Wayne

Paul Traill
13/08/2017

With the fixtures upcoming, I was simply relieved to be coming away with the three points, our first opening day win for five years

From My Seat: Stoke City (H)

Ken Buckley
13/08/2017

All-in-all, a good day out and now we can turn our minds to Thursday when off we go again.

You learn who you can depend on

Paul Traill
24/11/2017

The game meant nothing. The team talk on the face of it should have been a piece of piss. “Right you lot, here’s your opportunity. Prove to me why you should be in the team”. Unfortunately the majority out there only really proved why they shouldn’t be in the team.

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